The trees are in bloom ("Achoo!") and the frisbees are out, along with the blankets, dogs, and usual stream of visitors to North Campus. Our own intown park, constantly so well-kept by the UGA grounds crew, provides a wonderful front door for one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. See these new photos by UGA photographer Andy Tucker.
Congratulations to the Believe ticket, elected to the executive branch of the Student Government Association for the 2018-2019 academic year:
The ticket consists of President-elect Ammishaddai Grand-Jean, Vice President-elect Charlene Marsh and Treasurer-elect Destin Mizelle.
This year, 8,006 students voted in the election, representing the largest number of votes in SGA’s history and more than 21 percent of the total student body. The Believe ticket claimed 50.21 percent of the votes cast with the One UGA ticket pulling 42.6 percent. The executive ticket was disregarded by 81 voters.
Ammishaddai Grand-Jean is a third-year student from Jonesboro majoring in political science and economics. Marsh is a third-year international affairs and sociology major from Norcross, and Mizelle is a third-year psychology major from Riverdale.
The Believe ticket’s campaign platform centered around three key issues: improving efficiency to make SGA simpler and more connected to students; cultivating transparency and discussion on issues like diversity, sexual assault and mental health; and fostering a spirit of cooperation to encourage connections among student organizations.
Emphasis added above. It's wonderful to see Franklin students continuing their long tradition of leadership on campus. Self-government requires a tremendous amount of effort, sacrifice and vision, in addition to their coursework and other activities, and these students are gaining invaluable experience as they partcipate in one our most important societal roles. Best wishes with your platform and new initiatives, Believe!
Image: From left: Treasurer-elect Destin Mizelle, President-elect Ammishaddai Grand-Jean and Vice President-elect Charlene Marsh.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the faculty, students and alumni of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music bring to the stage Woman to Woman, the next performance in the Thursday Scholarship Series, on Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall.
“Women’s history will come alive in this concert,” says faculty member and harpist Monica Hargrave, who decided last year she wanted to present a concert during Women’s History Month that would showcase UGA faculty and students – performers and composers at a local and global level. “These women play a vital role in our lives with their contributions, dreams, and accomplishments,” says Hargrave.
In addition to Hargrave, the evening will feature performances by The Yargo Trio, featuring faculty members Angela Jones-Reus, flute; Connie Frigo, saxophone; and Liza Stepanova, piano. Other faculty performers include Amy Pollard, bassoon; Maggie Snyder, viola; Jean Martin-Williams, horn; Martha Thomas, piano; Kathryn Wright, voice; and Catherine Kilroe-Smith, horn.
Alongside the faculty, several HHSOM students will also perform: Taylor Lents, marimba; Serena Schibelli, violin; Alissa Benkoski, soprano. Also performing will be Kitchen Sync, a trio composed of Kilroe-Smith and musicians Akiko Iguchi on piano and UGA alumna Katherine Emeneth on the flute. Vivian Doublestein will also be accompanying on the piano.
See the link for more details. This is a superb programming idea from the Hodgson School, an exciting way to celebrate music and musicians on our campus.
Image: Amy Pollard, left, and Monica Hargrave.
Teaser image: Yargo trio
The African Studies Institute presents the 2018 Spring Lecture on Thursday, March 29 at 8 a.m. in the UGA Special Collections Library Auditorium. African philosopher Alloy S. Ihuah will present this year’s inaugural lecture, “MADIBAISM: An African Leadership Philosophy of the New Past and the Old Future.”
A member of the World Council on Values and the Nigerian Philosophical Association, Alloy Ihuah is a Professor of Philosophy in the department of religious studies and philosophy at Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria. He is the director of the Center for Research Management at the university. His areas of teaching and research include philosophy of science, epistemology and existentialism. In this lecture, Ihuah recognizes a disconnection between the rulers and the ruled in Africa.
Drawing lessons from the Madiba Mandela conundrum, he argues that, without comprehension, mental magnitude, spiritual depth, selflessness and incorruptibility, which are the core indigenous African leadership qualities that defined the Mandela persona, Africa’s long walk to democratic consolidation will remain a distant dream.
“Professor Ihuah is one of the leaders in the field of African Philosophy. He is an internationally renowned researcher and teacher. We are excited to have him deliver the inaugural ASI Spring Lecture,” said Ibigbolade Aderibigbe, associate professor in the department of religion and the associate director of the African Studies Institute. “As the 2018 Franklin International Faculty Exchange (FIFE) program fellow, ASI students will also get a chance to interact with this outstanding African philosopher beyond the spring lecture.”
The African Studies Institute Spring lecture celebrates the academic achievements of the students and faculty associated with the Institute throughout the academic year. As part of the lecture events, undergraduate students who have completed the requirements for the Certificate in African Studies (CAS) program will be presented with their Certificates. Faculty associated with the program will also be recognized.
Welcome to campus, Professor Ihuah.
Image of Nelson Mandela and child, via.
Awards season is always a time of celebration for the Franklin College, and we congratulate our colleagues (and students) on recent recognition, grants and professorships:
Half of the six recipients of UGA’s highest recognition for excellence in instruction are from Franklin faculty members – Christine Alright from the department of Classics received the Russell Award for Excellence in Teaching – Athens CEO, UGA Today. Professor of sociology and women’s studies Patricia Richards and professor of art Michael Marshall were both honored with the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship
UGA women’s basketball player Caliya Robinson (junior printmaking major) was voted to the All-SEC second team, and she also earned a spot on the SEC’s All-Defensive team for the second straight year after her 88 blocks led the league this season. Freshman guard Que Morrison (communication studies) was recognized by the league as a member of the All-Freshman team
Researchers receive $10M NIH grant to create computational and informatics tools for glycoscience – project co-led by professor of biochemistry and molecular biology William York reported at EurekAlert!, UGA Today, The GW Hatchet, India West
UGA Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences Marshall Shepherd will serve as the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Science Journalist in Residence for Fall 2018
University of Georgia research shows that 96 percent of recent graduates are employed or continuing their education within six months of graduating. UGA’s career outcomes rate for the Class of 2017 is 11 percent higher than the national average
Nakia Wade, human resources senior manager in the Franklin College, is among ten University of Georgia staff members who have been selected to participate in the second cohort of the Women’s Staff Leadership Institute
Distinguished Research Professor Michael W.W. Adams received 2018 DuPont Industrial Bioscience Award for genetic manipulation
UGA’s network of partnerships within the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais received NAFSA’s 2018 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award, named after the late Illinois senator who was a strong advocate for international education and cross-cultural learning
UGA makes U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of best graduate school programs. Among the notable top 50 graduate programs are Biological sciences (46), clinical psychology (36), Fine Arts (48) and Printmaking (7), history (44) and sociology (47)
Image: Franklin College faculty members, from left, Patricia Richards, Christine Albright, and Michael Marshall
Finding good internship opportunities is a focus for many UGA students, but the Clarke Central High School Odyssey news magazine features a story (and video) about the student-led Small Satellite Research Lab providing work-based interships for high school students.
The new issue of Odyssey also features a story on philosophy professor (and 2018 Democratic Congressional Candidate) Richard Winfield:
Although Winfield sees social mobility as unattainable for a lot of Americans, it is something he has experience with. Born in Queens, New York, Winfield’s parents were children of impoverished immigrants, who managed to find financial stability.
“My father ended up going into business. He had worked himself up from being kind of a stock boy in a shoe store and became executive in some companies,” Winfield said. “My mother went back to school and became a high school science teacher. They were the only ones in their families who were able to buy a house in the suburbs.”
From a young age, Winfield understood the need for activism. Growing up in the ‘60s, an era dominated by social movements, Winfield saw the beginnings of revolution, and even joined in. While attending Roslin High School, he wrote controversial editorials for the school newspaper. He worked in Franklin, Louisiana with the Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union.
At Yale University, he supported the efforts of striking campus workers.
“I was a part of the first class that had a majority of public school kids in it. Yale was undergoing a lot of transformations,” Winfield said. “The students militated for coeducation and that actually took place while I was there. A lot was happening.”
At the same time, his love for philosophy started to bud, leading to some indecision about a career.
Great examples of engagement on several levels at once from our students and faculty. And terrific job by the student journalists at Odyssey magazine. The symbiotic relationship between UGA and the immediate community is rich with the churning of so many involved, committed citizens at every level. Whether these efforts are in the classrooms or the laboratories, the athletic feilds, the voting booth or any of the many planes of scholarship that touch us all, they are truly borderless in their impacts and push our community ever forward.
Image: Clarke Central High School student Dylan Gavron at his internship through the University of Georgia department of physics, Odyssey news magazine
Building on interdisciplinary collaborations across campus made possible through the Portuguese Flagship Program, UGA is one of eight universities nationwide to be recognized for its exemplary international programs and partnerships by NAFSA, a nonprofit association dedicated to international education:
The university’s network of partnerships within the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais received NAFSA’s 2018 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award, which is named after the late Illinois senator who was a strong advocate for international education and cross-cultural learning.
Through the partnership, nearly 20 collaborative research projects have been identified in fields ranging from human health to linguistics and agriculture. Courtney Murdock, assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Odum School of Ecology and the College of Veterinary Medicine, is working with Tiago Mendes from the Federal University of Viçosa to study how temperature impacts the spread of the Zika virus among disease-carrying mosquitos. Pilar Chamorro Fernandez, an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the departments of linguistics and Romance languages in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, has partnered with Fábio Duarte from the Federal University of Minas Gerais to document and develop educational tools with Tentehára indigenous communities to preserve their native language.
Graduate and undergraduate students gain invaluable experience working alongside these faculty members, and the UGA-Minas Gerais partnership builds on UGA’s Portuguese Flagship Program, which is funded through the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Security
Education Program and is the nation’s only language flagship program focused on Portuguese.
To date, more than 30 undergraduate students have studied or interned in Minas Gerais through the Portuguese Flagship Program.
Tremendous groundwork built by visionary faculty and administrators creating broad opportunities for students. A kind of academic-entrepreneurialism all its own, enterprising these opportunities and sustainable support for them that enhances existing government programs attracts great students with scholarship and international research opportunities. Congratulations to the Portuguese Flagship Program, students, and faculty from around campus who are leading the way.
Image: The fifth cohort of PFP students arrived in Brazil in February, 2017 for their Capstone Year, Portuguese Flagship Program
Athens Music Project, an interdisciplinary research initiative of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, presents “A Night at the Morton: Soul Celebration” March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Morton Theatre:
The interactive performance event, supported by a Public Impact Grant from the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, is the third installment of this biannual program organized and directed by UGA music professors Jean Ngoya Kidula and Susan Thomas. Sponsors include the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the Institute for African American Studies and the Morton Theatre.
The program is designed for music lovers of all ages and backgrounds.
Embraced as a lifestyle, passion, musical genre and label, soul will be explored through interviews, performances and audience interaction.
“Soul as a way of testifying is at once religious and sacred, secular and profane, reverent and irreverent, social and political, personal and communal. It is celebration, observation, contemplation and even lamentation,” said Kidula, professor of music and ethnomusicology. “The testimony resounds locally, nationally and globally. As such, it transcends its African-American inception and American mainstream appropriation; it is spoken far and wide.”
The headliner for the event is rhythm and blues legend Theodis Ealey, so this should be a real treat. The event is free to the public, but tickets are required and may be picked up at the Morton Theatre during business hours, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3-6 p.m., and also may be reserved by emailing email@example.com or calling 706-613-3771.
Image: musician Theodis Ealey
Professor of geography Hilda Kurtz has a strong belief in educational equity and diversity, as well as a great ability to tap into students’ curiosity in the classroom:
My responsibilities include research, teaching and service. My research concerns alternative food politics, and more recently, organic certification. I currently teach courses in human geography at the introductory, upper-division and graduate levels. In addition to introductory human geography, I teach urban geography and critical geographies of food, as well as seminars in qualitative research methods and race and racialization. My service at the university centers on issues of diversity and inclusion. With Franklin College Senior Associate Dean Kecia Thomas, I co-founded the Diversity and Inclusion Graduate Fellows (DIG) Program, which brings together graduate students from across the Franklin College to help develop multicultural competencies for diverse and inclusive classrooms.
How do you describe the scope and impact of your research or scholarship to people outside of your field?
I study alternative food politics, focusing on how people carve out spaces of practice in critique of the industrial food system. This research focus offers insight into how ethically informed economic networks are fostered, challenged and transformed at the edges of an industrial food economy. It also highlights the pervasive power of the forces of a globalized agrifood system to shape national and regional economies and cultural practices. My current research exploring organic honey certification in Cuba seeks to shed light on how intricate and changeable networks of trust and expertise can be, in relation to economic forces.
How does your research or scholarship inspire your teaching, and vice versa?
Tapping into and channeling students’ curiosity in the classroom (and beyond) energizes my approach to research; it reminds me that unanswered questions abound. I am fortunate to be able to teach multiple courses that synergize directly with my research interests in the critical geographies of food. Teaching these and other courses has shaped my role in several projects and resulting papers. Most recently, I am using photo-elicitation interviews (interviews guided by conversation about photographs) as a crossover data collection method. I have assigned students to use them in class-based research projects, and am collaborating with UGA colleagues on a project with the Atlanta Community Food Bank that incorporates photo-elicitation interviews among a mix of methods.
Another one of our best. Kurtz has led workshops based on the SEED project, which provides access to leadership training on campus and in the classroom. Alongside her inspiring instruction, Dr. Kurtz has created important UGA resources for graduate students planning to become teachers at any level.